Let’s all find that Jewel in the Mud

Harmony Kent is a good friend of mine, and she’s here to tell us about her newest publication today. Let’s all help her out by using those sharing buttons and spreading the word.

Author Bio:

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours and refuses to admit to her age.

If you catch her at work, you’ll see she also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. Not to mention being passionate about supporting her fellow authors.


What inspired me to write Jewel in the Mud?

My life has been an interesting one and has provided many challenges, as well as seeing a lot of change—both internal and external. It sometimes feels as multi-genre as my books! Along the way, many people have told me that I inspire them. Such encounters led to me writing a series of Monday Musings on my blog, which proved incredibly popular. Seeing this response, and how much my readers valued my musings, I decided to make them into a book, along with a ‘thought for the week’, and Jewel in the Mud was born. It is my hope that this reaches even more people and inspires them in their lives.


What qualifies me to write a book such as this? Am I anything special? Have I learnt anything that you cannot?

In short, I am a Zen failure. I spent thirteen years in a Zen Buddhist Temple—ten of those ordained. And then I left.

End of story?

Not quite.

Before, during, and after, a few things happened to me along the way. And for sure, those thirteen years proved most fruitful.

I entered the monastery as a young (27 year old) woman lacking in confidence, painfully shy, massively inadequate, and terrified of everything … including my own shadow. Put simply, normal life just felt like too much, and most of the time, I found myself overwhelmed.

I think that those years of discipline I undertook voluntarily were, in some ways, the hardest of my life. But oh so worth it.

I emerged at just short of forty like the proverbial butterfly, utterly transformed. To use a clutter of well-worn cliches, I faced my demons. I popped the balloon. I dragged my skeletons from the closet.

After finding myself disabled and back out in the world, alone, at forty years old, I began life again, from scratch. Built it up from nothing. Honestly, it felt way scarier coming back out than it did going in. But by then, I’d learnt to feel the fear and do it anyway. And, after all, I had to do something with my life. Like find a place to live. Once I got the basics taken care of, it came time to set a course and go for it, always allowing for the vagaries of the wind, of course.

These days, I live a life of contentment and fulfilment. I am happy, confident, and successful. And such success I do not measure in material things or possessions, or even in any typical worldly way of measuring achievement. Rather, I have set my internal compass, and it is from there that I live my life.

Of course, I remain human and fallible, and I stumble sometimes. As do we all. That’s perfectly okay. It’s normal. We can’t get it right all the time. In fact, one of my Musings talks about just that: Week Nineteen—It’s Okay to Have a Meltdown. Just so long as you don’t pack your bags and move into your dark place, that’s all right. The trick is to pick yourself up when you fall down and get going again. Don’t stay there.

So, what are you likely to get out of this book? Well, that depends largely upon you. The best results will come from an open attitude and a willingness to learn, listen, and question.

It is my sincerest hope that this book inspires you to dive deeper, search further, and discover your own jewels in the mud of everyday existence.

Wishing you all good things,



Book Blurb Jewel in the Mud

‘Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It relies solely on what you think.’

Have you ever felt angry? Upset? Hurt? Overwhelmed? Not up to it?

This book, with its pithy teachings based in Zen, will help you find the jewel in the inevitable mud of life rather than wallowing in that mud.

Not only does each day offer us a new start, a chance to press reset, but so does each and every breath. It’s never too late to be who you were meant to be, and your history doesn’t have to keep you trapped. And nor do you have to waste endless energy on worrying about all that the future may bring.

Written in an engaging manner, Jewel in the Mud invites you to search within and make your world the way you want it to be. It doesn’t give you strict instructions or homework, but instead, invites you to dive deeper, search further, and question your assumptions.

The book has handy thoughts for the week, and can be read in one go, weekly, or dipped into at random. In short, it has been designed to fit in with you and your needs.

Learn how to take control of your life with these Zen Musings.

You can purchase your own copy at Amazon US, or Amazon UK

You can find Harmony in the following places:

Relevant Links:
Website | Amazon US Amazon UK | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Works by Harmony Kent:

The Glade

Finding Katie



Polish Your Prose

Elemental Earth

Slices of Soul

The Battle for Brisingamen

Macabre Sanctuary

Quantum Wanderlust

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)


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34 responses to “Let’s all find that Jewel in the Mud

  1. harmonykent

    Thanks for this lovely post, Craig. It’s a pleasure and an honour to be on your blog today 🙂

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  2. Harmony, you have lead quite an interesting life. I’m glad you found contentment and fulfillment. Wishing you the best with Jewel in the Mud!

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  3. Congratulations, Harmony! So thrilled for you. Jewel in the Mud is one of my favourite short stories. I’ve read it a few times and it always tugs at my heart. 🙂
    I wish you continued success with this release. Heading over to Amazon to tweet it out. Cheers!
    Thanks for sharing, Craig, as always.

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  4. What an amazing tale, Harmony. I’m glad you rejoined us and are now content. Best wishes on the new book! I can’t wait to read it.

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  5. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Yay!!! A new Harmony Kent book is coming out! Can’t wai,t so I’ve pre-ordered – kudos Harmony for sharing something so deeply personal and meaningful for fans old and new 😀
    For those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing Harmony’s writing – you’re in for a fantastic treat! 🙂

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  6. Congratulations and best wishes with the new book, Harmony! Looking forward to hosting you in a few days!

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  7. Wow, Harmony, you have been through a lot. Best of luck with the book!

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  8. This is right up my alley. It’s a must-have!

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  9. I LOVE books like this, Harmony! I feel the same way. Happiness is an attitude, a confidence in yourself, a knowing that you’re are a good person and can be good to others.

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  10. D.L Finn, Author

    Congrats on upcoming release! I had to get it preordered…sounds intriguing:) Great post!

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  11. harmonykent

    A huge thank you to Craig for hosting me today, and to everyone of you who has stopped by. I love you guys so much! Thank you 🙂

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  12. What a fascinating and inspiring life you’ve led, Harmony – best wishes with your new release!

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